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Brandon Montour

The AHL has been Brandon Montour’s palace of success since he joined the league back during the 2014-15 season. And this season is no different, as he has 30 points in 34 games with the San Diego Gulls.

Montour was recently called up to the NHL too, and he scored a goal on February 4 in his first game back in the NHL since January 4. He has only played seven games in the NHL — all this season — but he now has one goal and is averaging nearly 16 minutes in ice time.

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Brandon Montour has the skill set to become a dominate offensive defenseman in this league. However, he is also extremely aware positionally and has the potential to develop into a great asset in his own zone as well.

Nonetheless, just like with any offensively minded defenseman, Montour can take risks that get him into trouble. He is still learning when to jump into the play, and when to hang back. However, if he can get even better at his positional play, and add a little weight, Montour has an extremely high upside.

Let’s move on to the next defenseman on this list.